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Nazis and Dresden…
German protesters stop neo-Nazi march in Dresden
DRESDEN, Germany (Reuters) – At least 10,000 Germans formed a human chain in Dresden on Saturday and stopped neo-Nazis staging a funeral march to remember victims of the Allied air raid that flattened the city 65 years ago.
About 5,000 neo-Nazis, clad in black, had gathered at Dresden’s Neustadt station — where Nazis once packed trains with Jews bound for the Auschwitz concentration camp — hoping to stage Germany’s biggest far-right march since 1945.
In the past few years, the February 13 anniversary of the destruction of Dresden, in which 25,000 people were killed, has become a focus for neo-Nazis who describe the blanket bombardment as a “bombing Holocaust.”
I want to protest your characterization in this story. Nazis are not far-right politically. The Nazi Party was officially called the National Socialist Democratic Party of Germany. So, I would ask that you have him study history and the concepts of Left and Right when it comes to political thinking. The far-right are no government, anarchists, while the far-left support dictatorships.
The internet is why journalists are becoming useless. Over 150,000 died in Dresden not 25,000. It only took me a minute and three clicks on Google to get the facts. i hope you don’t pay your journalist more than minimum wage.
We got a surprising amount of e-mail on these two points.
On the matter of the death toll, I’m sure it didn’t take you many clicks to find the 150,000 number, but that doesn’t make it correct. The Nazis made a high toll it a focus of propaganda, and at one point claimed 250,000 dead. A special commission made up of historians reported their findings a couple of years ago. They came up with the 25,000 figure, which appears to be widely accepted.
As for where Nazis fit in the political spectrum, I’m not a huge fan of right/left labels because they are so inconsistent. Having said that, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a serious argument put forth that Nazis belong anywhere other than the extreme right: GBU Editor
German riot police watch right-wing protesters during a demonstration in the streets of Dresden February 13, 2010. At least 10,000 Germans formed a human chain in Dresden on Saturday and stopped neo-Nazis staging a funeral march to remember victims of the Allied air raid that flattened the city 65 years ago. REUTERS/David W Cerny